tv Interview with C-SPAN Teacher Fellow Zachariah Lowe CSPAN September 9, 2019 8:55am-9:08am EDT
backgrounds. we are very on the edge of sumter county in south carolina. it's kind of shape like oklahoma. our school comes from the panhandle so we are completely away from the nearest city. we have about 400 kids grades k-8 so very small school. the kids are determined to grow and determined to learn him and just great personalities and a desire to try to make their committees a better place. >> your focus as a teacher is take history. doubt still in state history. what prompted you to apply to be a teacher fellows? what did you think you would learn? >> i came to c-span's educator conference about four here's a go. it was my first real big professional development experience. it was right after my first year teaching and it was kind of hard for my students to realize what happens in washington because so many of them have not really ever let sumter county. there was a field trip we took last school year what was the first and most of the kids had
ever been to a zoo. that conference kind planted a seed of using c-span's footage and clips in my classroom to show them what's happening in washington and why it's so important. over the last couple of years i've been using this primary sources and disfellowshipped and would offer an opportunity for not only to learn more about the state history, resources c-span offers but also to try to contribute more and build on top of what already exists. >> what are some of the practical things you take away from this experience in washington in terms of as as a teacher? and secondarily, what do you think you learned about policy or politics that may be changed your opinion on? >> i didn't realize how much c-span had to offer. i knew about the gavel to gavel coverage on house and senate, but we had reference that conference couple years ago about american history tv, the cities tour, booktv and things of that nature but as teachers, as practitioners we often don't
have a ton of time to watch to all the cds and see what's inside. so this experience really showed me just how much stuff there is, museum tours, discussions with other people, that he didn't realize existed with c-span. but i think there is that adage that there's more that unites us than what divides us. i think this experience should be that. come to fruition notches in politics where you are viewing your legislators communicate with each other in a friendly nature, from the discourse, not so much you might see across the media and things of that nature, but working together to try and solve some of the issues that are in our country. but then also the pride that local communities have in their history and their stories and in each other that come up to the top when you're watching through this footage. >> and what of history encephalon in south garland uses primarily or focused but you told your from
youngstown, ohio, south carolina obvious in the senate of one the 13 colonies. certainly start of the secession crisis and the civil war. must have taken you quite a bit to get up to speed on south carolina history. >> south carolina history of courses basically you could say u.s. history with a couple extra things. in youngstown there's a ton of good history, but in south carolina you just mention one of the original 13 colonies. you have at least another 200 years of history there. just an example, my grandparents came down to visit probably two or three weeks ago and their big thing is they like to go visit cemeteries. see who is buried where. i did realize but the town of living and has a great site of the guy who shot the canon at the battle of fort sumter to start the civil war. there's so much you treat that i don't even know about, and i think you could see them doing modern disservice to my students
because i'm still learning in the process but that's the fun of history is there's always something to be discovered, and showing my students that, maybe they can go be empowered to try to find their own history. >> if you can take them on a longer field trip than the one to the zoo, if you could bring them to washington, among the places you've seen or visited while you are in washington, where would you take them to teach them a lesson and what would that be enough? >> i would have to bring them here for a month and go everywhere. >> i'm giving you a day. i'm just getting. >> i think you have to go to the african-american history museum. that directly connects to a lot of my students lies. that's what piques their interest is there own heritage. my score was 95% african-american so thatti coves a lot about their history and also some of the challenges they're there dealing with today in the 21st century. i think right to u.s. capitol s a good place to visit as well. to see the actual process in action, taking them by the white house, talking about the office of the presidency and what role
the executive branch and trying to filter through all the divisiveness that is currently occurring in our country and getting down to really what are the actually doing for you as a citizen of the united states. >> you and your colleague eleanor green, your fellow colleague kim at use the term primary sources and talked about teaching your kids where to find information. .. >> they're questioning everything, which is good. they're trying to find answers to their questions, what can they use and can't they use. to dive deeper, it's not just saying what's reputable or not, but can we find a source on both sides and use that to examine the claim and look at
the other side as well. >> as you leave your fellowship and head back to classes this fall, what sort of practices or things that you've picked up from either your teacher fellows or the broader summer conference here at c-span, what sort of things make you bring back into the classroom. >> for me personally, a renewed passion to teach about renewed government and principles of democracy. being here, place, space, location. place, space history, being in the middle of it all has been rejuvenatingment for my students, the idea of personal stories. through all the professional developments i've done over the last couple of summers, it's all about what makes people tick, what makes people make their decisions. i think this experience, looking through footage from all 50 states, puerto rico and washington d.c., talking with people here in the town of washington d.c. has really kind of honed my focus in telling individual stories and how they have an impact on everyone
around. >> we've covered american history tv and sort of local cities tour. folks have been into south carolina quite a bit. >> yeah, yeah, greenville, charleston and columbia as well. >> as you've been in washington, what interesting sights or fun things have you had a chance to do aside from just, not just aside from which being the capitol center, what else would you point out? ments i got to go to the south lawn of the white house and watch the president give a press conference. it was actually the announcement of the resignation of secretary of labor, alex acosta. got to watch the president depart on marine one. so i guess that was a pretty cool once in a lifetime experience. this is my fourth straight summer in d.c. for some sort of fellowship so i really got a chance to kind of go find those things kind of off the beaten path. this is my first time getting to go to the zoo myself, which i reference-- >> the national zoo. >> the national zoo. kind of going back and spending time places i've been. for instance the
african-american history museum, got to spend a couple of hours. it wasn't too terribly crowded. got to go to the apollo 11 up on washington monument, which was very, very cool. >> 50th anniversary. >> 50th anniversary, yeah, just kind of getting into more detailed focus on what washington d.c. has to offer. >> of the-- when students come to class and their big political things happening, president trump, et cetera, says something or congress does something, what is the number one thing you sort of hear from your students in terms of current political events when they come to you? >> they kind of regurgitate, in a way, whatever their parents say, whatever viewpoints that they carry from home into the classroom. that's pretty much their focus, right. so regardless of issue, could be gay marriage, could be abortion, could be the military, it's whatever their parents have taught them and that's why we definitely try and instill the capacity and the ability for the kids to review the resources themselves
and make their own determination. i've had some of my students could take a "i side with" polls to find out which political parties, some say solidly democrat and they take the quiz and completely conservative and also on the flip side. i think teaching them how to understand what the political parties represent and the platforms and which individual candidate brings to the table and counter acting some of the hearsay they had a -- hear in the news or family members. >> we're glad you're here. >> glad to be here. >> for more about c-span's resources, including lesson plans and our teacher fellowship program go to c-span.org/classroom. >> here is a look at our live coverage today on the c-span networks. on c-span at 10 a.m., former homeland security secretary testified before a homeland security field hearing in new york city.
the hearing takes place at the national 9/11 memorial museum ahead of the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. and the u.s. house returns from the august recess gavelling in at 2 p.m. eastern for legislative business. on c-span2, a discussion on the release of a survey looking at american's news on foreign policy and international relations. at 2 p.m. state attorneys general announce an investigation into the business practices of large technology firms. and the senate returns from the august recess at 3 p.m. to continue work on the president's executive nominations, including allowing u.s. ambassador to the united nations kelly craft to represent the u.s. at the upcoming general assembly. on c-span 3 at 5:30 p.m., policy experts analyze the u.s. population and shifting demographic numbers, and what they mean for america's future. that's hosted by the american enterprise institute.
president trump holds a campaign rally in fayetteville, north carolina on the eve of a special election for the 9th congressional district in the state. watch live coverage today 7 p.m. eastern on c-span2. on-line at c-span.org or listen live on the free c-span radio a app. >> what is your vision in 2020? student cam 2020 is asking students what issue do you most want to see the presidential candidates address during the campaign? student cam is c-span's nationwide video documentary competition for middle and high school students, with $100,000 in total cash prizes at stake. including a $5,000 grand prize. students are asked to produce a short video documentary, include c-span video and reflect differing points of view. information to help you get started is on our website. student cam .org.
>> former defense secretary robert gates, former house majority leader eric cantor, and former white house chief of staff andrew card talked about the future of representative democracy at an event hosted by the college of william & mary in williamsburg, virginia. this is about an hour and a ha half. >> it's my great honor to welcome our distinguished guests, so many here today at william & mary and to our beloved kaplan arena. i'm enormously proud to introduce our keynote speaker today, william & mary's 24th chancellor the honorable robert m gates. chancellor gates is the model for statesmanship we look to now and to the future. he's dedicated his career to service, serving eight u.s. presidents. he leads with a restless and compassionate